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Givens Discusses Facial Recognition

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

September 16, 2011

In an interview with Privacy Rights Clearinghouse founder Beth Givens, GovInfoSecurity explores anxieties brought by advances in facial recognition technology and the lack of rules around its use. "Facial recognition technology can be used without the knowledge or the consent of the individual, to be totally oblivious," says Givens. "Yet, once you identify that person based on the unique characteristics of their face, you could then match it with other databases." Givens cites a Carnegie Mellon University study that looked at the convergence of biometric and other data and found that much can be revealed about a person using facial recognition technology.    
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